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Our Online Payment Option is now available! If you have an internet connection and an e-mail address, you can now pay your water bill online. To pay your bill online go to

Parking tickets can also be paid online as well using this option. For questions related to parking ticket payments being paid online, please contact the West Reading Police Dept. at 610-373-0111 during the hours of 8:00AM and 8:00PM Monday thru Friday.

Trash Information

If you normally place your trash in the rear of your home and your alley is blocked with snow and/or hasn't been plowed, or is icy please place your trash in the front of your home.

This is only temporary until the alleys become accessible. Please contact Borough Hall if your pick-up is missed and we will contact the trash hauler.
Thank you for your consideration.

Our ordinance states that sidewalks must be cleared within 36 hours after the storm has ended, however due to the extraordinary storm that occurred this past weekend (January 23 & 24), residents will have 48 hours from the end of the storm to clear sidewalks.  The Codes Department will begin checking sidewalks tomorrow morning (Tuesday, January 26th) after 8:00 a.m.

The walking bridge located behind the West Reading Pool is still out of service. Repairs are being made and it will reopen in the spring. Updates will follow as they become available.


Monday, February 15th - Borough Hall closed (President's Day)
Saturday, March 19th -
Easter Egg Hunt 
Sunday, March 20th - WRFD Chicken BBQ
Friday, May 6th - Father Daughter Dance

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016
West Reading Fire Dept. (223 Playground Drive)
10:00 AM (please arrive by 9:30 AM to check-in)
A registration form must be filled out in advance

Easter Egg Hunt registration form


Planning Commission

West Reading Borough is also in need of a volunteer to serve on our Planning Commission. Borough residents who are interested may submit a letter of interest to:

Cathy Hoffman, Borough Secretary
Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA  19611

or by email to

Recreation Commission

The Recreation Commission has two vacancies if anyone would like to be on the committee.  Please submit a letter of interest to the Recreation Department.  The committee meets once a month to discuss topics related to Recreational events in our community.  This is a volunteer position and some heavy lifting is required.  You must live in the Borough of West Reading to be on the committee.

Submit your letter to:

Borough of West Reading
Attn: Recreation Department
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611

Special Notice concerning trash/recycling:

The Codes Department will be placing an emphasis on the enforcement of trash/refuse bags that are not in durable, water-tight containers with lids.  Notice of Violation letters will be sent to any property found to be in violation.  If the violation is not corrected a citation will be filed with the District Justice Magistrate.  Due to the public health and safety of the residents, we as for your cooperation with the following.

1.) All refuse MUST be stored in durable, water-tight containers equipped with handles and tight-fitting covers which cannot be larger than thirty-five (35) gallons.  It is suggested that you mark your containers with your address.

2.) Four (4) trash cans per residence per pickup are allowed.  Please DO NOT place bulky items out for regular pickup.  These items may only be placed out for pickup on the first Friday of every month.

3.) Please DO NOT place trash/recycling out prior to Noon the day before pickup and promptly remove your receptacle by midnight on the day of pickup.

4,) Trash pickup remains every Tuesday and Friday
Recycling pickup remains every Wednesday.

5.) Yard waste MUST be placed in biodegradable bags for pickup or arrangements need to be made with the Borough Garage for disposal.  Please call 610-374-8605 to schedule and appointment between the hours of
7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The garage is located at 1st Avenue and Chestnut Streets.

6.) Electronic items such as microwaves, dehumidifiers and air conditioners will not be picked up by the trash hauler.  These items must be recycled due to hazardous materials.  Please contact Berks County Solid Waste Authority at 610-478-6362 or visit their website at for more information.


Attention businesses and residents of West Reading Borough....If you get a phone call from PP&L asking you for money or your electric will be shut off if you do not comply, please contact West Reading Police at 610-373-0111. THIS IS A SCAM!!!!!

Water Quality Report Information

Every year at this time we provide all of our water users with a water quality report for the previous year.  The report contains important information about the source and quality of our drinking water.  This year, instead of mailing a paper copy to each residence in the Borough, we are providing the information on our website which you may access by clicking here.  However if you still wish to have a copy mailed to you, please call the water department at 610-374-8273, option 1 and we will be happy to send one out.

Buttonwood Street Bridge Closure

For information on the detours and the latest news/updates regarding the Buttonwood Street Bridge please click on the link listed below. 


To learn more about the program and to register, click on the CodeRED logo below.

The CodeREDâ„¢ Emergency Notification System is an extremely FAST Communication Service available for mass Emergency Notifications.  CodeREDâ„¢ employs one-of-a-kind Internet maping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines, at the rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

If you know of anyone who hasn't registered to receive the CodeREDâ„¢ alerts, and they live in West Reading, please encourage them to do so.


Frequently Asked Questions

Important Information from Western Berks Water Authority

In case of a water related emergency and to get up to date information on the water advisory, please go to and click on the "water advisory" link.

If you have any questions or concerns for the Borough Manager, Richard Sichler, please send your email to  




Upcoming Event

Economic Development Committee
See Details


The Borough of West Reading
500 Chestnut Street
West Reading, PA 19611
Office: 610-374-8273
Fax: 610-374-8419
E:mail: webmaster
Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.